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In Memory of Irene Sanderson


Visitation will be one hour prior at church

Funeral Services

11AM Thursday October 25 at Memorial Lutheran Church, 15730 So. Afton Blvd, in Afton

Irene Sanderson, age 90 of Lake St. Croix Beach, died peacefully Saturday October 20th   2018 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson. Irene was born September 24, 1928 in Mounds Park,  Minnesota; the daughter of Milbert and Verna Nelson. She was raised in Afton where she attended elementary school prior to graduating from the Stillwater high school. On October 9, 1948, she was united in marriage to Wesley Sanderson at Memorial Lutheran church in Afton. This union would be blessed with Five children; Yvonne, Diane, Duane, Donna, and Denise. Early in life, she worked for the First National Bank in bookkeeping before she dedicated her time to her family and children. Once older, she returned to work in the kitchen at Larry’s Supper Club and the hardware store in Lakeland.  She then worked for Sick-Optic Electric as a bookkeeper prior to her retirement. Following this, she truly enjoyed her time with church and with the Valley Tours.  

Irene loved being a mom. She cherished her family and took great pride in watching her children grow and become adults, and parents too! Some of her most memorable moments were family vacations and camping. Outside of tending to her family, her favorite place to be was outdoors and enjoying her flower gardens. She was also fond of knitting and crocheting keepsakes for family and friends, and the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. Many will remember her friendly smile volunteering for Memorial Lutheran or the American Red Cross Blood Drives.  

Irene is preceded in death by her parents; Milbert and Verna Nelson; sister Lorraine Pribnow, brother Vernon Nelson; husband Wesley; and infant daughter Yvonne Marie. She will remain in the hearts of her children Diane (David) Worrel, Duane Sanderson, Donna Sanderson, Denise (Wendy Charlsen) Sanderson; four grandchildren Sarah (Andy) Nelson, Emily (Adam) Kirschbaum, Roxanne Nelson, Cole Nelson; six great grandchildren Alana, Wesley, Spencer, Elise, Ava, Evelyn, and loving devoted friend John Young.  

Funeral service for Irene will be 11AM Thursday October 25that Memorial Lutheran Church, 15730 So. Afton Blvd, in Afton. Visitation will be one hour prior at church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Afton. Active casketbearers will be Bruce Nelson, Glen Nelson, Gordy Pribnow, Cole Nelson, Andy Nelson, and Adam Kirschbaum., Memorials preferred to Memorial Lutheran Church, Garden or Music funds. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

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    • How blessed we all were, to have this woman in our lives. The epitome of kindness and grace, she shone as a role model of how to walk this world as a wife, mother, aunt – and woman. My heart aches for the loss my cousins, and their children must be experiencing. I send you all a huge hug from Northern MN. And feel so grateful and honored to have had her in my life.

    • Sorry to see the loss of Irene but hope it can be a celebration of life. Irene always had a sparkle in her eye that I still remember. Best wishes to Denise and everyone else.

    • Although we never had the privilege to meet Irene it’s been a blessing to know her daughter Donna many years. She raised a wonderful daughter and that speaks volumes of the parents who raised her and her siblings up. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers for comfort in your grief now and going forward. Deepest stmpathy and love to the family.
      The Dopp’s Steve, Pam and Lisa Jo

    • Deepest condolences to the Sanderson family and friends for the loss of your loved one Irene. You will be reunited with Irene again very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule Daniel 2:44, that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9, 10, no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5 jw.org .